Four MPs were involved in a car accident on Wednesday which led to the death of ANC MP, Timothy Khoza.
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC confirmed that its Member of Parliament Timothy Khoza died in a car accident in Paarl in the Western Cape on Wednesday morning.
Parliament said it learned "with shock and devastation" that four MPs belonging to the portfolio committee on basic education were involved in the collision.
"The MPs’ vehicle overturned while travelling to Paarl as part of oversight visits to various schools in the area. One of the MPs passed away at the scene. The three other MPs are seriously injured and are receiving emergency medical attention," read the statement.
The MPs who were critically injured were Nomalungelo Gina of the ANC, Ian Ollis of the DA, and Cynthia Majeke of the UDM.
The three injured MPs were taken to the Paarl Medi-Clinic.
The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga released a statement saying she is "devastated" by the news and expressed her shock and sadness at the passing of the MP, "whom she knows well and has worked with in Parliament for a number of years." She wished those in hospital a speedy recovery and said she would be monitoring their progress closely.
The Democratic Alliance released a statement on the accident, saying it was "shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the awful crash in which members of the Basic Education Portfolio Committee were involved."
"We join them in mourning their loss and wish them strength during this difficult time," read the DA statement.